Making good friends has an incredible impact on every aspect of our lives. We are inherently happier, more fulfilled and healthier because knowing someone else is there to support us allows us to be our best selves and create the life we want for ourselves. But how do you make friends as an adult? How do you build these close, fulfilling relationships?
When I was younger, I had a difficult time making friends. I was super awkward and found it hard to express how I felt around people I didn’t know. The older I got, the harder it became and at one point I completely gave up. This might sound familiar. You’ve always struggled to make friends and now that you’re an adult it’s even more difficult. It could also be the exact opposite and when you were younger had tons of friends but find that making friends isn’t as easy the older you’ve become. In this post, I’m going to give you the key to making good friends as an adult and form lasting relationships.
“The best kinds of friendships are fierce lady friendships where you aggressively believe in each other, defend each other, and think the other deserves the world.” Unknown
Making Good Friends As An Adult
LET GO OF ANXIETY AND FEAR
Talking to someone new can be a difficult situation to be in. Trust me, I know.
Whenever I had to introduce myself to another person, I would have an instant panic attack. It was horrific.
Anxiety and fear held me captive. It took me seeing another girl going through the same emotional roller-coaster to eventually overcome that. That’s when I understood that everyone has their own fears and anxiety.Building good friendships is such a rewarding experience. Don't let the fear of them saying 'no' prevent you from trying to make connections. Click To Tweet
Making friends as an adult is hard but everyone wants to make friends too and they’re probably twice as terrified as you are. So just let it go.
Building good friendships is such a rewarding experience. Don’t let the fear of them saying “no” prevent you from trying to make connections.
It doesn’t even have to be an awkward experience. Have a nice sit down with them and strike up a conversation.
Put yourself out there. You never know. The next person you talk to could become your very best friend!
GET TO KNOW YOUR COWORKERS
We spend many hours of our lives at the office, so you would think that making friends at work a total no-brainer but nope. When it comes to the issue of adult relationships, only a fraction of the people we interact with at work actually become a part of our lives.
Be intentional about your actions and get to know your coworkers. Build a great relationship with them by opening up to them.
Take the time to hear and understand their story and their life. Find out if you have anything in common. So many millennials miss out on the opportunity to build lasting relationships at work because they’re too busy focusing on furthering their career.
What if you wake up one day, successful, but realize you have no-one to celebrate with? You don’t have any people. There is no greater joy than succeeding and knowing you have a tribe of amazing women right there cheering you on.
Make plans with a few of your coworkers after work. Grab some coffee with them on the weekends. Don’t be afraid to ask them out more than once.
Also, ask them to invite their friends along when you go out. This is a fantastic opportunity to make friends with their friends as well.
Take the time to nurture these opportunities into lasting friendships.
BE OPEN-MINDED AND TRY SOMETHING NEW
As I sat down trying to figure out the key to making good friends, a thought hit me. Many of us don’t have friends because we, one, aren’t open-minded in the least, and two, we are terrified of trying something new.
The issue lies in our own minds. We are standing in our way and that’s why we are so isolated and lonely all the time. But how do we get out of our own heads and move forward?
You need to get up and make yourself try new things. Take a walk around the city and talk to everyone you meet. Meet some strangers and just say hello with a smile. Ask them about their days and try to see if a spark ignites.We are standing in our way and that's why we are so isolated and lonely all the time. Click To Tweet
Push yourself to go to places you don’t normally frequent. Find people you’d love to spend time with. Take a quick bus ride and talk to the person sitting next to you.
If you’re working from home this might be a bit more difficult since you spend the majority of your time inside. That being said you can still take this approach.
Leave the house, go to the local cafe and work from there, meet new people, volunteer during your spare time and talk to everyone who comes in.
The opportunities to make lasting, meaningful relationships are endless. We just need to be open-minded.
REACH OUT TO YOUR NEIGHBOURSMaking good friends is all about making the effort to connect. Click To Tweet
When I first moved out on my own, I have to admit that I was a bad neighbour. I never actually took the time to meet or talk to any of the people living around me.
I just went out to work or wherever and when I got home I went right into my house and closed the door. It was tragic.
Can you imagine how less isolated many of us would be if we just reached out to our neighbours (who are probably just as bored and lonely as we are)?
Take some time out of your evenings or weekends and knock on a few doors. Introduce yourself to them and invite them to your house to catch a movie or some coffee.
If you enjoy baking, this is a great time to showcase that. Bring them something you made and strike up a conversation. Making good friends is all about making the effort to connect.
Again, be intentional about this. One of the neighbours I met when I was younger later gave me a position in her company because of the effort I took to form a relationship with her and her family. I will forever be grateful to that woman.
You can also try your local community centre. Stop by after work or on a weekend when you’re free and connect with some of the people there.
It’s also a fantastic opportunity to take up a new hobby. When I joined my community’s hula team I met some incredible women and formed relationships even though I am nowhere near fluent in my Japanese.
JOIN ONLINE COMMUNITIES
I’ve probably mentioned this a few dozen times (lol) but I live on a small island in Japan that is only accessible by ferry. This situation makes connecting with other foreigners quite difficult and costly.
For many, this can lead to severe depression, but I have a solution that has worked wonders for me and can help you too. Join online communities.
With the increase in social media platforms, it has become easier to make good friends as an adult because we aren’t bound by time or distance.
There’s Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Meetup and so many more. There are also amazing communities that connect people with similar interests you might have.
If you are interested in Cosplay here’s a fantastic group of female cosplayers. I also know a great group of people who enjoy Japanese Tokusatsu (or live action superhero shows). The possibilities are endless.
Some of my best virtual female friends I met on Facebook. I share my thoughts and we bond over our experiences living in Japan as black women.
I’ve also recently joined a group of amazing Millennial Entrepreneurs putting themselves out there, taking names and kicking butt.
You can cultivate fantastic relationships online if you know where to look.
PUT YOURSELF OUT THERE
Above it all, you need to just learn how to put yourself out there. The key to making good friends as an adult really lies within you. If you don’t take a step forward, you’ll never get anywhere.
Knowing how to make good friends is also an important social skill you’ll need if you want to someday become a successful woman.
Let go of that lone warrior mindset and understand that to live your best life as a millennial woman you need to learn to foster good, healthy relationships.Let go of that lone warrior mindset and understand that to live your best life you need to learn to foster good, healthy relationships. Click To Tweet
Take lessons from other successful women who have their very own squad of friends. Girl bosses Taylor Swift and Beyoncé know the value of a good friendship.
You don’t need to have tons of friends. You just need the right friends.
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Until next time.
Peace, love, and prayers.